As It Is In Heaven Sermon Series Part 4 – 7/31/19 PM

As It Is In Heaven Sermon Series Part 4

VI. The Approach to God’s Will

Matthew 6:10

Intro: Understanding the importance of God’s will being done ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN requires a very specific attitude.

Our approach toward God’s will involves:

I. A Reverence Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…

OUR FATHER – a prayer reserved for the children of God.

Quick Point – Not every person is a child of God!

John 8

  • 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
  • 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
  • 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
  • 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.

We had to BECOME a child of God!

John 1

  • 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
  • 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
  • 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
  • 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Becoming a child of God only transpired when you RECEIVED Him as your personal Lord and Savior.

Romans 8

  • 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
  • 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
  • 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

 

Back to the message!

The right approach to God’s will starts with the right approach to God. He is our Heavenly Father!

The reason we struggle to accept what God wants is because we cannot accept who God is.

God is not an old man sitting in a rocking chair in heaven with a long white beard.

God is not a helpless, rejected victim of man’s unbelief and rebellion.

God is not a byproduct of religious imaginations and conspiracies.

God is the eternal, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent Creator of everything.

God is all sufficient, self-sustaining, super-natural one and only God.

  • Psalm 33:13 The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.

When we forget who He is, we tend to forget what He said.

When we minimize who He is, we easily minimize what He wants.

By the way, God hates it when we do that.

  • Isaiah 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

Our approach toward God’s will involves:

 

II. A Relinquishing – “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done…”

The approach to God’s will requires a relinquishing of our will.

Before a person can say “Thy kingdom come,” they must first say, “My kingdom go…”

NOTE: You can’t build your kingdom and God’s kingdom at the same time.

 

KEY POINT: It is important to understand why Jesus told his disciples to pray this prayer.

It was not to give God permission to implement His kingdom. His Kingdom is coming whether you want it to or not.

It was not to give God approval to incorporate His will. God’s will is going to be incorporated; ready or not.

Isaiah 55

  • 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
  • 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
  • 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
  • 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
  • 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

The purpose of this prayer was simple.  In praying “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done…”, Jesus was teaching them to live each and every day RELIQUINSHING THEIR OWN WILL.

Our approach toward God’s will involves:

 

III. A Reliance

Just in verse 11, 12 and 13, Jesus taught his disciples to rely on God for everything.

  1. Food for the Day
  2. Forgiveness of their Debts
  3. Freedom and Deliverance

He taught them to ask God for their daily bread. Why?

It is vitally important that we never forget just how reliant we should be on God for everything – every single day.

 

Conclusion:

When a child of God approaches God and His will with Reverence, a Relinquishing of their will, and a daily Reliance upon His will, there is no doubt in my mind that the Will of God will be done on earth AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

When our attitude is right, our hearts will be united in God’s desire. We will be able to say with a heart of sincerity and worship – …thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen”